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Protect Your Pet During 4th of July

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Protect your pet
Protect your pet from loud noises

Before heading out to celebrate the national holiday, take a few mitigation measures to protect your pet this 4th of July.  On the 5th of July, Lane County animal shelters become inundated with lost and runaway animals. It is the single busiest intake day of the year for animal shelters across the nation.

Fireworks and the loud noises associated with the evening entertainment, are uncommon noises that may frighten your animal. The fear is not just limited to domestic dogs and cats, it includes birds, reptiles and livestock. Knowing your pet better than anyone else, there are some measures you can take before your 4th of July celebrations.

  • Order sedatives from you veterinarian if required.
  • Keep your pet inside the house.
  • Avoid the noise. During fireworks, close windows and turn up the television volume.
  • Remain calm. Your pet will response to your ease.

In Lane County, the Human Society runs two two shelters, one that services the cities of Eugene and Springfield at 3970 West 1st Avenue Eugene, and outside city precinct at the Greenhill Humane Society at 88530 Greenhill Road. Both shelters run a combined web page which allows you to view which animals are at each shelter.

Unfortunately, less than 2% of all cats and 20% of all dogs are ever reunited with their family once they leave.

Protect your pet
Protect Your Pet from 4th of July fireworks

There are a number of commercially available devices that you can use to assist with identification if your pet does leave home.

Through Pethub, a QR identification code is which attaches to your pet’s collar. Once located, the code can be scanned with a smartphone to provide the owners particulars. S step up involved GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) Tracking through Pettracker will allow you to locate your animal away from home.

The best available identification process is to microchip your animal, before they ever need to be found.

Animal Services Fees Increase

DOGSEUGENE, Ore. — It just got a little more expensive to own a dog in Lane County.

On Tuesday morning, county commissioners unanimously voted to increase fees for license, kennel and supervision services.

Prices will go up by about 20 percent across the board starting March 1. A one-year license would change from $35 to $42.

“We don’t want to put so high a price on licensing that we prevent people from licensing their animals. That being said, it’s been more than 10 years since the last comprehensive fee increase, which as you know has created pressure on the program,” said Mike Russell, Lane County Parks Manager.

Right now residents pay fees in city and county jurisdictions. Commissioners suggested municipalities consider working together to have one system in place.

We Don’t Have Pets, They Have Us.

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For people who don’t have pets it is often times difficult to understand all of the things pet owners go through to take care of their pets. Now days most of us call them our 4-legged family members or companions. The “owner” term really doesn’t apply for us. I never had a pet as a child so I didn’t fancy myself as a dog person or cat person.

My First Pet Malibu | photo from Greenhill Humane Society
My First Pet Malibu | photo from Greenhill Humane Society

My first experience of having a pet came back in the late 1970s when we lived in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We rescued our first cat and called her Malibu. In the years to follow a second cat needed to be rescued when we lived in Memphis, Tennessee and his name was Dickens.

Camera Shy Dickens (white W/Black Markings Next to Rolland | photo by Tim Chuey
Camera Shy Dickens (white W/Black Markings Next to Rolland | photo by Tim Chuey

We lost Malibu, age 16, to cancer not too long after we moved to Eugene in 1992. A couple of years later we rescued another furry friend we called Casey, a very cute and tiny cat.

Casey
Casey Was Our Smallest Cat | photo by Tim Chuey

That gave us two indoor cats. In 1996 a friend of our son asked him if we could rescue the last of a litter of kittens that was in danger of being killed by dogs on the farm where they had lived, but just moved to the city and could no longer keep him. That brought our feline population to 3 with the introduction of Rolland into our household. As the cats grew older each one ended up with some kind of medical problem that, at the least, meant they each had to be fed a special food to help their problems. As I mentioned they were all part of our family so we really didn’t hesitate to take whatever steps, within reason, that were needed to give them the medical treatments they would need to be as healthy as they could be for as long as possible. Oddly enough as we and our pets achieve old age we can develop the same medical problems and even end up taking the same medications. It has happened to us multiple times. As time marched on we lost Dickens after he reached 19-years-of-age. Then we had two indoor cats. As Casey aged, 16 years old, she developed some serious problems and with multiple organ failure we finally lost her.

Our last Indoor Cat Rolland | Photo by Tim Chuey
Our last Indoor Cat Rolland |
Photo by Tim Chuey

Rolland is our last surviving indoor cat. I have mentioned Hunter in previous columns. He is a semi-ferrel cat who adopted us after he decided not to move away with his owners when the left for another neighborhood. He lives in a house I made for him on our front stoop. Back to Rolland who had serious problems quite a few years ago with crystals forming in his bladder. They were very painful and could have killed him.

We took him to the Edgewood Animal Clinic in South Eugene. After medical treatments Dr. Sandra Smalley, our veterinarian for many years, put him on a special medication that would help dissolve any remaining crystals and then a food to prevent the crystal formation. He had a couple more bouts with the crystals and then the special food stopped them altogether. He later developed kidney problems, possibly in part due to having to eat the special crystal preventing food for such a long time. About two years ago we almost lost him, with kidney failure, but Dr. Jason Kimball, the other veterinarian at the clinic, did a superb job of nursing him back to health even giving him two blood transfusions. Their staff called him their “Miracle Kitty.”

Now we come to the scariest part of this story. A couple of weeks ago Rolland began eating about half of the amount of food that he usually gobbled up. I called Dr. Smalley and asked if she could prescribe a medication we gave him previously to help stimulate appetite. It worked a bit as he did eat a little more, but still not enough for about a day. He went a couple of days hardly eating anything and we noticed he started to wander aimlessly around the house and seemed lost at times. He was also, if you’ll pardon the expression, “weak as a kitten” with his hind legs particularly wobbling as he walked. He does have arthritis in his joints. He also would breathe very hard and we could feel his pulse pounding through his body when we held him. That would happen especially if he exerted himself or got upset.

Dr. Sandra Smalley Checking Over Rolland's Tests | photo by Tim Chuey
Dr. Sandra Smalley Checking Over Rolland’s Tests | photo by Tim Chuey

We quickly got him in to be checked and we got some answers, but not what we were expecting. Dr. Smalley gave him a thorough examination including blood pressure and took X-rays. The first thing we found out is that he has had both of his retinas detach and that means he is blind. It explains his wandering.

Rolland's Torso X-Ray | photo by Tim Chuey
Rolland’s Torso X-Ray | photo by Tim Chuey

The X-rays showed he has fluid in his abdomen and lungs which is the beginning of congestive hear failure. (Lungs left, abdomen right on X-ray) His blood pressure was also sky high which she indicated was the cause of his detached retinas. He was given a diuretic shot to help dry out the fluid build up and blood pressure medicine. Interestingly enough my wife, daughter, and I are taking high blood pressure medication too and my wife and I have arthritis also.

Rolland On His Heating Pad On Bed To Keep Him Warm |photo by Tim Chuey
Rolland On His Heating Pad On Bed To Keep Him Warm |photo by Tim Chuey

We don’t know how much more time we have with Rolland, but understanding his problems we can take better care of him and help him get around the house hopefully without walking into walls. Could we have ended all of this already? The answer is yes, but as long as Rolland has a good quality of life he will remain our kindred spirit and loving pet. I guess it is like the old definition of faith. To a believer no proof is necessary and to a non believer no proof is enough. If you don’t have a close relationship with a pet you probably won’t be able to understand how we feel.

Let me know what you would like me to talk about or explain. You can comment below or email me at: [email protected].

New Rabies Cases in Benton County

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BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — It can take one bite for a human or animal to contract the rabies virus – and in Benton County, there have been two cases of rabid bats within the last week.

Within the last week, pet owners had their cat euthanized after it killed a rabid bat.

“The option there was to quarantine the animal for six months,” said Bill Emminger, Division Director of Environmental Health in Benton County. “And the owners felt that they couldn’t do that and had the animal euthanized.”

Emminger says a cat and dog came in contact with a rabid bat last week. The dog was up-to-date on its rabies vaccines. The cat did not have a recent rabies vaccination.

As  long as an animal bites, scratches, or is bit or scratched by another animal with rabies, Emminger says it will almost certainly contract the virus if is not vaccinated. Because health officials can only test for rabies after the animal is dead, the cat’s owner decided to put the cat down.

“If an animal’s properly vaccinated, it’s going to help protect the animal as well as the public and the animal owner from being exposed to rabies,” Emminger said.

Another vaccinated dog came in contact with a different rabid bat in the county last week as well. Both dogs are being quarantined in their homes for 45 days, but Emminger says the situation is a good reminder for other pet owners to keep their animals up-to-date on their vaccines.

“Rabies is virtually 100 percent fatal if it’s transmitted to humans,” he said. “And that’s one of the reasons we take it so seriously. There’s very little room for error with rabies.”

Even though two bats were discovered to have rabies in the county last week, Emminger says about nine percent of bats in Oregon have rabies.

“I don’t think people should be fearful. But I think people should be aware. If you see an animal that’s acting strangely, avoid it.”

Emminger says at the end of the summer, bats are more active as they look for a place to hibernate and build their nests for the winter. 

If your pets have been in contact with a bat, or if you find one in your home, Emminger says to try to capture it to bring it in for testing – only if it is safe to do so.

For more tips and information about rabies, click here.

A Big Badda-Boom!

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“A Big Badda-Boom!” is how Bruce Willis’ character Korben Dallas described the sound when Milla Jovavich’s character Leeloo comes crashing through the roof of his taxi cab in the movie “The Fifth Element.”

Korben's Air Taxi (Left) | Image by en.wikipedia.org
Korben’s Air Taxi (Left) | Image by en.wikipedia.org

I’m sorry to say it’s that time of the year when that is also the sound I hear in my neighborhood, particularly right around the 4th of July, as people start lighting up illegal airborne fireworks. They are not only illegal, but they are dangerous because the user doesn’t know where they are going to land. It could land in the street, in someone’s yard, on someone’s roof or even literally on someone in the neighborhood. That’s why they are illegal. We’ve just experienced some significant rainfall, but all we need is some sunshine and warming temperatures to dry us out again and make misusing fireworks will become even more dangerous.

I have lived in Eugene since January 22,1992 and during that time have seen neighbors having safe fun shooting off legal fireworks for their children. I have vivid memories of doing the same with our two kids, who are now adults. I have lived all over the country and the same issue has come up everywhere. There are laws regulating the use of fireworks, but by no means are there enough police to adequately enforce them. I’m sure they roll out on the more serious complaints, especially when people or property are damaged, but they can’t be everywhere at once and the noise goes on.

Legal Fireworks Stand 18th & Chambers | Photo by Tim Chuey
Legal Fireworks Stand 18th & Chambers | Photo by Tim Chuey

The Eugene City council approved two ordinances Monday June 23rd that, if not obeyed, could get you a $500 fine. The first ordinance sets limits when legal fireworks can be used. The two time periods when they are allowed are June 23rd through July 6th for Independence Day celebrations (that coincides with the dates the fireworks can legally be sold) and December 31st and January 1st for New Years Eve and New Years Day celebrations. The second ordinance they approved is an add-on to the social host ordinance already on the books. This added “the unruly use of fireworks” to the social host ordinance which was originally put into place to place controls on the the patrolling  of parties that get out of control and disturb the neighborhood. The ordinances give the authorities the power to effectively punish those who cause the disturbances. This will more than likely decrease the use of illegal fireworks, but I doubt it will ever end it. Some may feel this is taking away some people’s freedom, but one person’s freedom to shoot off fireworks should not take away somebody else’s freedom to have a peaceful neighborhood where you’re free from flaming debris falling from the sky threatening your property.

What can you do to protect yourself from the barrage of explosions and burning debris?  My first suggestion would be to have your garden hoses connected and ready should some of the burning fragments of fireworks land in your yard or worse yet on your roof. The authorities always tell you to evacuate your house and immediately call 911 if there is a fire. You shouldn’t try to fight a fire by yourself, but if you can be a safe distance from the building I guess using your hose could be helpful on a very small fire until the fire department arrives. Remember that is just my opinion and not that of the Eugene Fire Department.

Our Indoor Cat Rolland | Photo by Tim Chuey
Our Indoor Cat Rolland |
Photo by Tim Chuey

One of the biggest problems I have seen over the years is the distress all of these explosions cause to our pets. More people have their outdoor pets run away during this time because the sudden and constant nearby explosion of fireworks. We have an indoor cat (Rolland) who stays indoors all the time and a feral outdoor cat (Hunter) for whom I built a little house he inhabits on our front stoop. As long as we keep the house relatively closed up and have the TV on the explosions surprise Rolland (about 18 years old), but he doesn’t go into a panic mode.

Hunter In His House | Photo by Tim Chuey
Hunter In Front Of His House | Photo by Tim Chuey

Hunter doesn’t stay in his insulated, tarp covered cardboard house probably because it acts as a sounding board and makes the booms even louder. He must have a “safe” place where the noise level is much lower because he disappears and only comes back when the noise stops. Another thought, if your dog or dogs are frightened by the loud noises by all means do not take them with you to the more professional fireworks displays because the noise level there will be magnified many times louder than what happens in your own neighborhood. That’s what we do to help our little friends survive the celebrations, but what do the experts have to say?

Our veterinarian,  Dr. Sandra Smalley from the Edgewood Animal Clinic gave me some ideas to pass on to you so you can help your family pets. Besides being our pet’s doctor, Dr. Smalley is also our neighbor who has experienced exactly what we have over the years.

First of all there are some medications that may help the most sensitive pets that are seriously affected by the loud, sudden noises for whom no other measures are helpful.  There are anti-anxiety medications not sedatives. Dr. Smalley cautions never to give a pet your medications, no matter how small a dose, because these drugs will at best make your pet sick and at the worst could kill them. She also suggested what is called a thunder shirt that is like swaddling and can comfort pets. If your pet has a favorite “safe place” you could add extra padding like  pillows or a blanket to muffle the noise. You are advised to check with your veterinarian to see what would work best for you. As I already mentioned concerning our indoor cat you could close up the house with the TV on to cover some of the booms or you could have a fan running for “white noise” which helps cover noise. If your pet feels comfortable in a travel carrier or a crate have it available for them to use for their comfort area. Dogs usually do better inside rather too than in the yard where they can become agitated and dig under the fence and escape your yard. Some experts say you may be able to condition your pet to the startling sounds and commotion by getting them used to them by using positive conditioning. Praising them and rewarding them as they slowly get used to increasingly louder sounds. Veterinarians also say it is especially important with the fireworks noise levels to make sure your pets have at least an ID tag on their collar and better yet the addition of an ID microchip just in case they do panic and run away.

Independence Day Celebration At Dexter Lake |Image by EDN
Independence Day Celebration At Dexter Lake |Image by EDN

Since I mentioned the more professional fireworks displays I will take this opportunity to remind you that the annual July 4th Bar-B-Q picnic and fireworks display takes place again this year at Dexter Lake. The event is put on by the Dexter Volunteer Firefighters Association and EDN with many sponsors. (See the poster above.)

Have a Safe and sane 4th of July Holiday weekend. If you are reading this after the 4th you might want to print out a copy of this information and keep it handy for next year.

Let me know what you would like me to talk about or explain. You can comment below or email me at: [email protected].

Don’t Lose Your Pet This 4th of July

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The single largest day of the year for lost pets, is the Fifth of July.  Following a nationwide celebration of independence and fireworks, shelters will be inundated on July 5th with lost pets. 30% of all “lost” animals occur on the evening of the 4th of July; most of these runaways could have been prevented with a few simple measures.

Fireworks are explosive, uncommon noises that frighten your animal. This fright is not restricted to the domestic cats and dogs. It can also include birds, reptiles and livestock. If you know that your animal is going to be frightened, take some preventative measures before the night. Contact your local veterinarian for sedatives if required.

  • Keep your pets inside that night. Fireworks put a strain on your animal. If you’re going to be away form your pet, have someone  stay behind to remain with them.
  • Keep your pet safe. During fireworks exhibitions, make sure your pet can access their “safe” house, the place where they can hide out. Don’t chain them up, their inability to escape the loud noises will only create more stress.
  • Avoid the noise. If your pet is inside, close windows and turn up the volume on television to overcome the noise for the duration of the show.
  • Remain calm. You pet will sense your reaction. Yelling at the animal does not help.

These four simple measures can assist during the course of the night, but what action should you take the morning after if you suddenly find your “friend” is no longer at home?

Have a recent photo of your pet and update your social media profile. Alert your local Neighborhood Watch team and advise them of your lost pet. Check local message boards and see if your pet has been found.

new+city+of+eugene+logoHopefully, if your pet does get out, they will end up at the local animal shelters. Lane County operates two animal shelters, one that services the city of Eugene and Springfield, located at 3970 W 1st Ave Eugene. PH: 541 – 844-1777. Outside of the city precincts, the City has partnered with the Greenhill Humane Society at 88530 Greenhill Road. Both shelters run a combined web page which allows you to view which animals are at the shelter.

In Lane County, animal shelters are only required to hold your pet for three days if the animal does not have identification marks,  and five days if the animal does have identification.

MurphyGreen Hill Humane Society Media and Events Manager Sasha Elliott says

“Friday will be on our our biggest day of the year.”

Elliott said that to accommodate the influx of animals this Friday, some of the animals already in the shelter have been moved off site.  When asked,  Elliott said that the shelter may take in as many as “a hundred or so” lost pets this Friday.

Commercially there are number of devices you can attach to your pet to assist with identification.

A QR identification code available through PetHub allows you to create a bar code, attach it to your pets collar, and if found, can be scanned with a smart phone to provide the animals particulars. For the more technically minded (owners that is, not animals) GPS Tracking through Pettracker will allow you to home in on your lost pet.

JasperIf your pet does become lost, recognize that a Microchip in your pet is the best identification procedure, but only if your pet is recovered.

Unfortunately, less than 2% of all cats and 20% of all dogs are ever reunited with their family.

The Lane County Shelter at 1st Avenue will be open on Friday 5th July from 10am – 6pm.

 

 

Treasures await at Eugene thrift store and animal shelter

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Tracy Sydor, Beckie Jones -EDN

SARA’s Treasures, a local nonprofit organization, thrift store and pet adoption center is regarded in the community for its commitment to rescuing hundreds of homeless pets. But the organization could use some help itself.

The animal shelter/thrift store is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year

SARA’s (Shelter Animal Rescue Alliance) receives no government funding or grants, and relies solely on private donations.  But the organization undergoes a drastic drop in support every summer, according to Co-Director Jessica Berg.

“Summer is the hardest time for us financially. By the end of summer, both fiscal and thrift store donations are at their lowest,” says Berg. She attributes part of the drop in donations to the abundance of garage sales being held this time of year, and says “we lose a lot of shoppers for that same reason.”

Ninety-six percent of SARA’s $200,000 annual income comes from the sale of donated items. SARA’s also sells high end pet food, which provides the other four percent of its budget. Income from thrift sales and other donations goes toward rent, vet bills, utilities, pet food and other supplies. SARA’s also has a paid staff of three full time and seven part time employees, but it relies heavily on volunteers to keep costs to a minimum.

"Stewie" waits at the shelter for a home

Berg says operational costs are much higher each summer, too, as springtime litters of kittens fill local shelters to capacity. The cost to care for newly-rescued pets with spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines, microchipping and a vet checkup, can easily deplete the rescue funds.

Over the years, SARA’s has also shared its finances with numerous rescue groups and low income pet owners by sponsoring the spaying and neutering of nearly 200 animals — in effect preventing the unwanted births of nearly 1,000 cats and 400 dogs. SARA’s also collects food, blankets and other supplies to distribute to area shelters that are facing shortages.

The shelter rescues last-chance type cats and dogs from Lane County Animal Rescue just days before scheduled euthanization.

On-site Living

Around the store, a loving long-haired calico kitty extends an invitation for affection while others sprawl lazily about. Some watch customers from distant bookshelves while others curl up beneath clothing racks. The more curious cats bump and nudge customers as if to say in true cat style, “you now have my permission to pet me.”

The cats in residence are given a diet of wet food in the mornings, then those that require  medicine get their doses. Young kittens are given lunch, and the whole group reconvenes for  a big dinner around 8 p.m.

“The cats at this point have full run of the shop till morning,” says Berg. Some cats like to  pass time in an outdoor enclosure for exercise and fresh air.

SARA's Co-director Jessica Berg gives "Stewie" some attention

Best suited for felines, the shelter has a designated area for stray dogs, too. SARA’s dog  runs currently sit empty because it has no dog rescue coordinator. Berg says SARA’s relies on foster homes to care for the dogs in times like these, and that the organization is in desperate need of the help of expert dog volunteers.

Unforseen circumstances

Everyone knows what brings an animal to an animal shelter: a death in the family, a move that doesn’t allow for pets in residence, or more likely these days the sudden inability to afford pet food and veterinary care. Often pets are the first “luxury” to go. They can be the biggest losers in unforeseen circumstances, as many endure numerous new living situations during their lifetimes.

So Berg says when considering a pet, “act as if you are adopting a member of your own family. Pets can live up to 20 or more years and need consistent care.”

You can always come home

SARA’s Treasures honors a lifetime return policy for the pets they adopt out, so it’s important for the shop to reserve space should it become necessary.

In 2005 SARA’s rescued Neptune and Venus, a brother and sister pair, from Lane County Animal Shelter when the cats were 7 years old. Berg fondly recalls Neptune’s two differently colored eyes. SARA’s adopted the pair out together, but in February of 2009 the adoptive family could no longer care for them and turned them back to the shelter. Both cats were suffering from heath problems, but were nursed back to health by SARA staff. Then this summer Neptune was diagnosed with a melanoma in his right eye. The veterinarian said the eye would have to be removed so SARA’s moved forward with the surgery. Neptune came through the procedure with flying colors and started on the path of healing. After two weeks his stitches came out, and since then SARA’s staff says he is acting much like a kitten.

"Ambrosia" is a meticulous "overgroomer" who wears this collar so she can relax

The dream continues

Now retired, SARA’s Treasures was founded by Diana Robertson in 2001. Robertson saw a need in Eugene, and wanted to help alleviate the overcrowding at other animal rescue agencies. Robertson also arranged transfers for dogs to rescue shelters in other areas with lower euthanasia rates in order to improve their chances of being adopted.

In order to continue its success, SARA’s is asking for donations of all types of household goods that are in reasonable shape.

“Clothes, jewelry, books, CDs, even household appliances if they’re small enough and in working condition,” SARA’s can use them, said Berg.

SARA’s Treasures is located at 871 River Road and is open every day from 10 to 6. The phone number is 541-607-8892.

You can find more information on the organization at sarastreasures.org.

Did you know:

SARA’s numbers
200 cats and dogs have been neutered due to SARA’s sponsorship
768 cats have been rescued and placed by SARA’s
958 dogs have been rescued and placed by SARA’s
1,000 additional cats are estimated to have been spared due to SARA’s sponsorship of neutering
400 additional dogs are estimated to have been spared due to SARA’s sponsorship of neutering
96 percent of SARA’s income comes from the sale of donated items
200,000 – SARA’s annual budget in dollars

National numbers
70 percent of shelter cats are destroyed
50 percent of shelter dogs are destroyed
10 percent of animals have been neutered before arriving at the shelter
75 percent of owned pets are neutered
70 million stray cats are wandering the US, as estimated by ASPCA
100- low estimate of how many kittens an unaltered female cat can produce in her lifetime
40– low estimate of how many puppies an unaltered female dog can produce in her lifetime
fact credit: ASPCA

Furry facts from ASPCA
Neutering your pet is cheaper than caring for one litter of kittens or puppies.

 Neutering greatly calms your pet and reduces risk of aggressive behavior and runaways.

Neutering your pet greatly increases the chances your pet will live a long, healthy life, reducing animal breast cancer by 50 percent, and animal testicular cancer by 70%.

 

SARA's Treasures is open seven days a week

 

June 13 – Morning Headlines

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June 13 – Morning Headlines

Tim Chuey Weather: We are still waiting for the weather to catch up to what we should have for this time of the year: Mostly cloudy this AM, a mix of clouds and sun with a good (50%) chance of showers in the afternoon, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers this evening, just mostly cloudy tonight, a mix of clouds and sun Tuesday and Wednesday, partly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday evening, mostly cloudy Wednesday night highs 67-75 cooling to 68 Wednesday lows near 45.

Lawmakers looking to raise medical marijuana fees – Faced with tough budget decisions, Oregon lawmakers are looking at tapping the popular medical marijuana program for an estimated $7 million to fund other health programs.

Water utility headache: ‘I should be enjoying myself at my age – A water system is draining a Dune City woman dry. Judy Bedsole owns Fish Mill Lodges, a resort and lodge area with its own water system south of Florence. Her terminally ill husband bought her the property in 1989 as a way to make money after he had passed away. But she’s spent thousands on the system and spent years in a fight with the state.

Free Eugene-area animal health care clinic for homeless finds new home – A long time Eugene non-profit dedicated to helping the pets of the homeless is moving on up to a bigger and better location in hopes of helping more animals.

 

A damp ending to a nice weekend